Necessary Caution

bugFriday, January 9, 2015

Today I am grateful for necessary caution.  The flu is here.  Actually it’s everywhere, so be aware.  Wash your hands as much as possible, especially after being out in public. Keep yourself hydrated.  Don’t go to work if you are sick, please.  Don’t send your children to school if they are sick.  It’s not brave. . .it’s stupid. . .and irresponsible.

My mom just got home from the hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, with a confirmed (through blood work) case of the flu.  Yes she had a flu shot.  Yes, it took only a few days to dig in deeply, causing her terrible respirator problems.  Yes, she’s old with a compromised immune system.  But this new strain is so powerful that the doctors want my sister, who was with mom, to start Tamiflu now, although she has no symptoms.

I am not an alarmist, but I’m not an idiot, either.  I already know of one small child who went to the hospital, but is fine now.  There is also a very young, vibrant, healthy young mother of two in New Jersey who has just died.  On TV, her father said, “If you start getting sick, don’t wait.  Call the doctor.  Don’t try and push through without help.”  That’s my advice today, too.

This flu is not the same as the 24-48 hour intestinal virus that went through (literally) through a lot of us.  This flu combines fever with respiratory issues and loves traveling in cold, dry temperatures.  It must be the only thing that does. Many people have died, but the flu is not as exotic as Ebola so it’s rarely “the big story” in the news.

Stay healthy.  Be necessarily cautious.  You will be grateful you were.  So will I.

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